Some may have read my mentioning of the sacred order in other threads. I have indeed mentioned the 4 priorities of survival. There is a fifth one, perhaps the most important one, that isn't spoke of. It is mobility.
Mobility. It is worth repeating. The ability to move easily when needed. Why this key part of the order isn't mentioned, why it isn't spoke of, why could that be? Because it is assumed. Physical fitness, stamina, endurance, call it what you will. It is assumed you have it. Why? Because if you don't you are unlikely to survive. There it is, the cold hard truth of nature.
I have read many posts on survival sites and preparedness sites with amusement. You know the ones I speak of before I mention them, don't you? The armchair survivalist. The proud fellow with photos of his setup and great bug out plan. That monster 50 - 80 pound pack with 2 or 3 weapons systems, 3 knives, a machete and 4 gallons of water.
Folks who have little or no dirt time, who haven't done anything physical since high school. These are the folks who don't have mobility. Mobility to walk 7 miles easily within a city. Mobility to run 50 or 100 yards at top speed if needed. They can't do it in good weather in daylight on city streets, let alone across storm wrecked debris fields, or to escape a falling sky scraper in NYC. How about fleeing across a dry grass farm field that caught fire? Nope, can't. No mobility.
I didn't write this post to offend anyone, to criticize plans, gear choices, or any of the unimportant things. This post is a chance to get folks to think about what is really important. To give folks a chance to survive should the unthinkable happen. The situation doesn't matter, only the ability to respond, to mobilize, and to survive. Because you matter.